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Grants Focus Overview

To achieve its mission to create access for those in need and opportunity for those with vision, the Connelly Foundation provides grants toward costs associated with programs, direct services, general operations, and capital projects to nonprofit organizations and institutions working in the following fields:

  • Education
  • Health and Human Services
  • Civic and Culture


Summary of Grants 2018 


59% of giving in 2018


Health & Human Services

29% of giving in 2018


Civic & Culture

12% of giving in 2018


Education: Focus on Learning

Recognizing that the Foundation’s past investments in education have yielded some of its most rewarding results, Learning has become the cornerstone of its mission and a focus for philanthropic activities. 


The Foundation values Learning as a primary pathway to a better life for individuals, families and communities.  While academic institutions have been the principal beneficiaries of the Foundation’s support over the years, we know that opportunities for intellectual growth can also be found in many forms and settings, such as a community health clinic, a daycare center for elders, a museum, or a concert hall. 


Mindful that the aim of education is to impart not only facts but values as well, the Foundation welcomes grant proposals that include innovative ideas for teaching and learning.  




Health & Human Services: Improving Quality of Life

The mission of enhancing the quality of life entails access to a home, food, basic health care, and ultimately a growing degree of self-reliance and work.  


The Foundation supports organizations that address these essentials effectively, efficiently, and with dignity to disabled or underprivileged individuals.  




Civic & Culture: Rewarding Destinations that Inspire

In a region where civic and cultural opportunities abound, the primary focus of our "investment" in the arts is to support access and the development and delivery of educational programs.  


Grants are awarded to organizations that strive to engage a broad audience and bridge cultural boundaries.  


The Foundation seeks to identify and support sites and projects that provide a deep appreciation of Philadelphia's rich heritage.